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MEDEAnet Handbook: The Use of Documentary Film in the Classroom

New educational material on the use of documentary film in the classroom developed during one of the MEDEAnet workshops in 2013 in Romania by ActiveWatch.

The cinematographic analysis of the documentary film and its use in the classroom are illustrated with the help of ‘Our School’ – a film that documents the Roma children’s segregation in the Romanian schools.

Before the screening of the film in the classroom the brochure recommends teachers several reflective question points that help them make a first introspection into their own stereotypes and prejudice toward the Roma ethnics and into their own stand towards school segregation.

Table of contents: 

1. What Do We Want?......................................................... 3
2. Time and Organization ................................................... 4
3. Why Our School? ........................................................... 5
4. Film Synopsis ............................................................... 6
5. The Filmmakers .......................................................... 6
6. Roma or Gypsies. General Perspective and a bit of History ........ 7
6.1. Who are the Roma people? ........................................ 7
6.3. Demographics of Roma population ............................. 8
6.4. History ................................................................ 8
6.5. The history of the Roma population in Romania ............... 9
6.6. Language ............................................................. 10
6.7. Religion ............................................................... 10
7. Cinematographic analysis of the film .................................. 11
7.1. Frame or shot ...................................................... 12
7. 2. Sequence ............................................................ 13
7. 3. Intention ............................................................ 14
7. 4. Characters .......................................................... 15
7. 5. Documentary Method .............................................. 16
7. 6. Time / Duration .................................................... 18
7. 7. Meanings............................................................. 20
8. Preparation for teachers ................................................. 21
8.1. Our individual responsibilities .................................... 22
8.2. School’s responsibilities............................................ 24
8.3. Community’s Responsibilities. The Future. ..................... 29
9.Suggestions for Interactive Activities with the Students ............ 31
10.Why Use Documentaries in the Classroom? ........................... 32
11.About the Workshop and Organizations Involved .................... 34
11.1. ActiveWatch (organizer) ........................................ 34
The Objectives of its Media Education Programme: ................ 34
11.2. One World Romania (partner): .................................. 36
12. Additional Reading Materials .......................................... 37
ACTIvEWATCH : educational offer for teachers and students.......... 38
ONE WORLD ROMANIA: educational offer for teachers and students . 39

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